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Nigeria Military Rescue 200 Girls, 93 Women From Sambisa Forest

Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade

* No indication Chibok girls were among the rescued groups

The Nigerian Army Tuesday said it has rescued 200 girls and 93 women from Sambisa forest in Borno State North eastern Nigeria during a military operation to wrest back the Sambisa Forest from the Boko Haram Islamist militant group.

The army Twitter feed however failed to confirm if the Chibok girls, who were kidnapped by Boko Haram almost exactly a year ago, are among them.

“Troops this afternoon rescued 200 girls and 93 women from Sambisa Forest. We cannot confirm if the Chibok girls are in this group,” the army said, adding that Nigerian troops had also destroyed three camps run by the militants.

Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls near the northern village of Chibok in April 2014, sparking international outcry.

According to the DHQ: “Troops this afternoon rescued 200 girls & 93 women from Sambisa Forest. We cannot confirm if the #ChibokGirls are in this group. Troops captured and destroyed 3 terrorists camps including the notorious Tokumbere camp in the Sambisa Forest Operation. The freed persons are now being screened and profiled,” the DHQ stated, promising to provide “more detail on the operation later.”



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